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Bothell residents apply for marijuana business licenses | UPDATE

The passage of Initiative-502 last year  decriminalized marijuana in Washington. - Reporter file art
The passage of Initiative-502 last year decriminalized marijuana in Washington.
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None of the eight marijuana business owners applying for licenses to sell, produce or process marijuana in Bothell fit city commercial zoning or marijuana buffer laws with the addresses they listed in their application.

The owners of Clean Green - WA Organic Cannibis applied to process and produce medical marijuana in a house located on 233rd Street SE; Kibble Junction LLC wanted to produce marijuana in a house on 105th Ave. NE; Pineapple Zack Medical wants to produce in a home on 225th Place SW; BMF Enterprises hopes to sell marijuana in a house located at 5th Place W.; Recreational Marijuana King employees want to sell it from a home located at Woodinville Drive; and Awesome Green owners applied to sell marijuana from a house located on 240th Place S.E. Bothell.

Owners of Urth Aid and the Herbal Cleaner both applied to for licenses at the address of 19302 Bothell Everett Highway. Urth Aid owners hope to process marijuana there, while owners of the The Herbal Cleaner want to sell marijuana at the business location.

Edward Bures, owner of Kibble Junction, wants to produce marijuana in a different location than the address listed in his application. He is unsure of the location and said he planned to make that decision if his application was accepted.

"I am mostly interested in small seedlings," Bures said. "I want to make it commercially viable; I hope to treat this as a side business, a way to make a little extra money."

Bures got the idea to try growing marijuana from a small garden he created in his backyard.

"I planted a few tomato seeds and got to watch them grow," he said. "It's always fun to try new things."

Milke Al of Awesome Green says despite listing his home address in his application for a marijuana retail license, he would be selling marijuana at a building in Seattle.

"I have many businesses and thought this would be a great new business," Al said. "There are so many people applying for licenses though, so I am not completely hopeful mine will be accepted."

City of Bothell attorney Joe Beck said for the city to review the applications, they need to know the exact location of the proposed business.

"Given the buffer requirement, I have a hard time imagining a scenario where the state could review and/or approve a license without that information," Beck said. "Without the exact location information the city will object to any license being issued by the state and ask that it be denied."

Beck stated the city looks at marijuana applications with the same zoning rules they do for any other business.

"We haven't enacted or made any new changes specifically for marijuana businesses," he said. "We have reviewed five applications so far and none that we've seen are in a properly zoned station or if they are, they are constrained by the buffers established by Initiative 502."

There have been no applications for marijuana producers or processors filed within the Kenmore City limits, thus far.

The marijuana law, approved by voters in November 2012, does not specify whether the grow farms must be indoors, or if farmland could be plowed over and marijuana seeds planted. The only requirement is marijuana be grown in-state, in a secure location at least 1,000 feet from a school, park, transit center or child-care facility.

Other Washington State Liquor Control Board rules include an outlaw on home occupational marijuana businesses, a limit on retail advertisements to about 11-square feet, licenses will not be issued to people with extensive criminal backgrounds, marijuana may not be consumed on the premises and businesses must operate between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. Stores and manufacturing offices need alarms, surveillance cameras and liability insurance, as well.

Liquor Control Board Communications spokesperson Mikhail Carpenter said applicants don't need to have the exact location secured before applying, but should have the desired address in place and be in discussion with a landlord about purchasing the property. People can go in and make changes to their applications at any time.

The Liquor Control Board says it has received 1,696 applications state wide from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law. Of the applications received so far, 794 are for growing licenses, 579 are for processing licenses and 323 are for retailing licenses. The state isn't capping the number of growers or processors, but says it will only allow 334 pot shops statewide. The application window opened Nov. 18 and will close on Dec. 20.

According to Bothell city officials, no other applicants have filed thus far.

The Liquor Control Board will accept public comment on the proposed licenses and comments should include the trade name, license number and address of the business (available at www.liq.wa.gov/records/frequently-requested-lists) and can be sent to Washington State Liquor Control Board, Licensing and Regulation, PO Box 43098, Olympia, WA 98504-3098.

For more information on I-502 rules and licensing requirements, visit liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502.

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